Crawlspaces need to be dry to function effectively. However, it is common to find crawlspaces that are wet or have a musty smell. A wet crawlspace should worry you because the damp conditions indicate that water is seeping into the crawlspace either from outside or from your plumbing systems.
Continued water leakage into the crawlspace can lead to notable damage to the crawlspace and the whole building’s structure. There are some signs that you can use to identify a crawlspace that has leakage issues and is therefore in need of waterproofing. These signs are discussed below.
- Presence of Moisture
The appearance of moisture on the crawlspace floor and wall is an apparent indicator of high humidity in the crawlspace. The high humidity level could be due to water seeping into the crawlspace through the porous wall or some leakage from the plumbing systems. Waterproofing the crawlspace and plumbing installations can solve this problem.
- The appearance of Mold and Mildew
Mildew and mold grow where there is high humidity. Mold or mildew infestation in the crawlspace is thus a sign that the crawlspace gets damp and needs to be waterproofed.
- Pooling or Standing Water
You should also look for a crawlspace waterproofing technician if you spot pools of water in the crawlspace. Pools of water in the crawlspace can result from leakages through pipes or water seeping into the crawlspace through the wall.
- Wood Rot
If the wooden beams in your crawlspace start rotting or sagging, this means that there is excess moisture in the area. Interventions such as crawlspace waterproofing can help address this problem.
- Rusting of Pipes, Ducts and Other Metallic Objects in the Crawlspace
Rusting occurs when iron, as well as other alloys of iron like steel, react with oxygen in the presence of water or moisture. The presence of moisture in the crawlspace is mainly responsible for the rust that you see on steel pipes and other similar installations in the crawlspace.
- Bowing Crawlspace Walls
Wall bowing happens as a result of hydrostatic pressure. As soil that surrounds the basement wall absorbs water, it exerts pressure on the wall. This can cause the wall to warp. Crawlspace waterproofing that involves excavation of the soil that surrounds the crawlspace walls can help address the water problem.
- Crawlspace Floor and Wall Cracks
The appearance of cracks on the floor and walls of the crawlspace indicates that the two surfaces are under stress. Cracks can lead to further water seepage into the crawlspace and should therefore be sealed.
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